Saturday, November 12, 2016

Battling Hate With Actions of Love #LGBT #gay #POC #advocacy #nonprofit

I've been struggling with my feelings all week. For many reasons, I haven't been following the news in the aftermath of the election, and I only hesitantly dipped my toes back into social media yesterday. That's not because I wish to hide or ignore the ramifications that the election results could have on the rights and lives of myself, and people who are my dear friends and family, it's because I don't respond well to hate, fear, anger or hysteria. I've immersed myself and expressed myself from that standpoint too often in the past, and in recent years, I've chosen not to handle my life that way anymore.

This post is how I choose to respond to what's going on all around us right now. Be there for those who your heart breaks for in any way you possibly can. If the mission of any of the following organizations resonates with you, click on their link, then please consider supporting them with your time or money:

1. The Trevor Project - Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

2. Lambda Legal - A 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV, through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

3. ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union - Longstanding, accredited non-profit that fights for all rights for all people. Incredible informational resource center with proactive ways to get involved in effecting true change.

4. GLAAD - Longstanding advocacy group and information center for the LGBTQ community.

5. It Gets Better Project - Mission: To communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

6. Black Lives Matter - Mission: Idealogical and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black Folks' contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

7. Color of Change - Mission: Helps you do something real about injustice. We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.

8. CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations - CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, to encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

9. LULAC - League of United Latin American Citizens - LULAC's mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Do some research, take the time to learn about the above and other organizations like them. Angry diatribes on social media or among those you know may seem to make you feel better, but what does it actually accomplish? Nothing. It only exacerbates the situation by creating an atmosphere of more hatred. That's the last thing we, and those around us who we wish to comfort, needs right now. Find a way to strongly voice your opinion through avenues that have the ability to facilitate real change. Use the love that I know all of you have inside. (((hugs)))

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

WIP Gaining Trust For Seductive Studs #gay #BDSM #romance #SedStuds

Hi Everyone! I'm in the middle of finishing up Gaining Trust (Kiss of Leather 5), so I thought I'd share a little unedited snippet from it. This is Chuck and Jordan's story *wink* Enjoy, then scroll down for the links to some more seductive studs!

They stood still, silent, Chuck almost clinging to him as his fingers pressed into the flesh of Jordan’s back. Jordan continued to softly caress Chuck until he’d relaxed into Jordan’s arms. The cool January air was enough to highlight the heat between them, but not enough to chase them into the club. He mused that the comfort of touch would be a big part of building a strong connection between them. Works for me.
“Mmm, I like the way we fit together.” Jordan kissed the top of Chuck’s head then lifted it so he could see into Chuck’s eyes as Chuck raised his too. “Do you still want to go inside?”
Chuck nodded. “Sure. That is, if you do?”
Let’s start here. “I’m asking you right now. I’ll go wherever you want, babe.”
“Oh.” Conflicting emotions played across Chuck’s face as he furrowed his brow and bit his lip. “I’m a pretty easy guy to get along with, so really, if you’ve changed your mind, that’s totally fine.”
“Do you want to go inside the club with me, Chuck? Have a drink, dance a little. Be together?”
The expression Chuck radiated back at him was one of absolute fear. His eyes had widened again, his lips parted as if he was having trouble breathing.
“Y-yes. I want all of those things.”

It wasn’t as specific as Jordan typically demanded from a sub, but in truth, they weren’t quite at that point yet anyway. He’d take it as a win that Chuck had stated a preference at all. Need to find out where all this shit comes from. When he’s my boy, I’ll revolve the fucking world around him. 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Honeymoon Their Way ~ Out Now With Exclusive Excerpt! @dreamspinners #gay #romance #RomCom #StatesofLove

Wow. The month of October was pretty much eaten alive by GRL, but I'm back, baby! And today’s the day: my first Dreamspinner story is out, and it’s a part of their States of Love collection.  Honeymoon Their Way is also my first Rom Com, and since I have a few snarling plot bunnies snapping at my heels, I’m considering writing more stories in this genre. Be warned that no whips or chains were harmed in this story due to the fact that there is no kink! *gasp* But there are a lot of shenanigans which lead up to a sweet and sexy HEA for our lovers. Now let’s take a little pictorial tour through Chad and Raudel’s world, shall we?

When author LE Franks and I did our road trip to GRL, we made it a point to stop in South Lake Tahoe and Fallon, NV. Both of these locations play a big role in Chad and Raudel's story. Fallon, which is currently the location of the Top Gun training academy at Air Force Base Fallon, is a small, dusty town in the middle of Nevada. I’m sure there are many lovely people living there, and I hope they find a way out soon. However, this is where Chad and Raudel were born and raised, and they’ve figured out that their futures no longer lie in Fallon. But what about their futures together?
Our arrival in Fallon

Our hasty retreat from Fallon
Fallon's Top Gun claim to fame on the main drag through town.
I can picture Chad growing up somewhere in Fallon like this, with his mom's horse, Sassy, running around.

The bulk of the story takes place in South Lake Tahoe where Chad’s bridezilla of a sister is getting ready to be married. During the week-long festivities leading up to the nuptials, Chad plans to do everything he can to avoid running into his high school crush, Raudel, who’s in sister Lindsey’s wedding party, because of an incredibly embarrassing moment that occurred between the two of them way back when. But Lady Love has other plans for our boys, and despite the madcap chaos, they find their way to love amidst the backdrop of nutty family members, an evil chocolate fountain, and desperate, stolen moments together.

This place we drove past is perfect as the location of the Tux shop. It's within walking distance of the casinos where our boys seal the deal on their burgeoning love. 
This is the view from the 'tux shop'. They alternate going from Harvey's
To Harrah's right across the street.
But they eventually end up here *grin*

Here's an exclusive excerpt from Honeymoon Their Way:

The next few minutes were taken up with Chad navigating them until they turned off the main drag. They landed in the practically empty parking lot of a building the size of some small islands in the South Pacific. An air-dancing tube clown wiggled and flapped from atop the two-story structure, the maniacal expression of the balloon’s circus character the stuff of young children’s nightmares. If the Party Planner Emporium didn’t have a chocolate fountain, no one would.
Raudel pulled up close to the front entrance, then shut off the engine. For reasons Chad couldn’t name, the loss of the sound of the car, the motion, the feel of it beneath him made being alone with Raudel much more difficult. Almost as if the Honda had been a buffer between them.
Fountain. No thinking. Stay on task.
His mom had given him a lot of useful advice over the years that he’d largely ignored. But there was no time like the present to finally embrace it.
Raudel angled his body toward Chad, his demeanor that of someone who was about to speak on an important subject.
Nope. Chad hastily scrambled from the car. Don’t need to get into any chats about high school antics.
He’d have to remain alert. Avoid any moments that might afford Raudel the chance to talk with him privately.
The chirp of the car alarm was quickly followed by the sound of Raudel’s footsteps.
Chad rushed into the store, then froze. Raudel halted next to him, similarly pasted to the floor. The woman behind the long glass showcase counter had jerked her head up at the noise of the door chime, her visage bizarre and frightening enough that Chad wondered if she was dressed in a Halloween costume.
Except that it’s April.
A thick white powder covered her skin, almost as if she’d woken up that morning and decided she should look like a geisha doll. The rest of her heavily made-up face appeared petrified. Her wide-eyed stare was only slightly less disturbing than her large, painted-on eyebrows, which were raised almost to her hairline. Her silver-streaked, black-helmet hair gave the impression that an F5 tornado wouldn’t dislodge even one strand, and some sort of pink, fur-like scarf was wrapped around her neck multiple times as if she were being strangled by a fuzzy boa constrictor. She still hadn’t said anything, and Chad was too petrified to speak.
Raudel took one for the team. “Do you carry chocolate fountains?”
Chad widened his eyes, his jaw going slack as she spoke without her lips moving.
“Rent or buy?”
Botox is not this woman’s friend.
“Buy.” Raudel turned to him. “Right?”
“Uh….” She wasn’t a train wreck. More of a fiery plane crash.
“Huh? Oh! Yes. Buy.”
She pointed to the rear of the building with one finger, its long, sharpened claw leading the charge.
Raudel gave her a warm smile. “Thank you, ma’am.”
Chad had to admit he was impressed. He was still trying to wipe what he was sure was a look of horror off his face.
She didn’t react to Raudel’s smile but simply kept staring. Chad could sense the hatred pouring off her. He wasn’t sure whether it was because of her job at a crappy, run-down, cheap party place, or that she hated all of humanity because she’d worked the past fifty years at a crappy, run-down, cheap party place.
A vision of his future flashed before his eyes. Only it was yogurt replacing the paper streamers and white folding chairs. “Oh God.”
“Come on. Let’s see what they—Chad? Are you all right?”
Chad jerked his head toward Raudel. “Do you think it’s too late?” He had to get a grip. He was only twenty-two, for chrissakes.
Raudel furrowed his brow. “Your mom said not to worry about getting back until later.” He laughed, his beautiful eyes shining back at Chad. “Besides, we just left the house about thirty minutes ago.”
Chad nodded, giving himself a mental shake. “Yeah. Silly me.”
Raudel indicated for him to go ahead. “Shall we?”
Chad forced himself to move forward even though his legs weren’t interested.
They traversed the gaudy displays and hodgepodge aisles filled with old, sad silk flower arrangements, outdated karaoke machines that featured the use of cassette tapes, and other elements that boasted of parties from a bygone era.
They halted when they reached a white lattice-board archway. Beyond it lay all the large shit the store couldn’t shove onto the expanse of dented metal racks. Everything from Greek-style columns to banquet table setups graced the fake turf that made up the rear of the warehouse. At one side was their Holy Grail—fountains. They were both drawn to them at the same time.
Chad sucked in a sharp breath when he glanced at the first price tag. I’ll be working at the yogurt shop until I’m a hundred and seven to pay back Mom for this. Primarily due to the fact that five dollars a week was the amount of his disposable income.
He shuffled over to a less gargantuan and ornate one.
He glanced at Raudel who’d shuffled right along with him. Chad did one more shuffle as Raudel creeped up on him a bit too close. He struggled to keep his breathing even.
Never show your fear when facing the enemy.
The task at hand had temporarily allowed him to push aside the harsh reality that he was still at risk of being humiliated by Raudel.
Chad’s nemesis spoke up. “I just want you to know how glad I am that I was able to make this trip.”
He waited for Raudel to continue, but all he did was stare, a slight tug at the corner of his mouth.
Chad swallowed hard, his mouth too dry to ease the way. “Uh.” He croaked it out. “Yeah. Lindsey was superexcited that you could make it.” He licked his bottom lip to moisten it.
Raudel glanced down, then back up again so quickly Chad wondered if he’d hallucinated the whole thing.
“It’ll be great to see her again. But I’m very happy that you’re here too, Chad.”
To have your chance to mock me? The heat that bloomed in Chad’s face had to be turning his white skin scarlet. He was infuriated that blushes came so easily to him, and on top of that, were so pronounced.
Raudel smiled wide in what Chad imagined was victory. He snapped his head forward and snatched up another price tag.
Shit. I’m fucked all the way around. He dropped the tag then crossed his arms angrily.
A long pause followed, and Chad shifted uncomfortably on his feet. His curiosity got the better of him, and he stole a glance at Raudel. Chad widened his eyes at Raudel’s expression. Raudel appeared to be contemplating whether or not he should say something.
Oh God. This is it.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Opposites by TM Smith ~ Audiobook Blog Tour with Giveaway! @TTCBooksandmore #gay #lgbt #dystopian #romance

Opposites is now available on Audiobook 
Written by T.M. Smith
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

In the year 2081, our planet survived global warming on an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded, Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene: the gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. 

A new society was born

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems. 

Nature vs Nurture 

Love is Love... it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions or boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi, that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites. 

*WARNING* Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples. There are brief scenes of violence. 

Opposites: Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes

Meet the Narrator of the Opposites series; Greg Boudreaux
The spicier side of the oh so amazing narrator, Greg Tremblay, Boudreaux brings the more erotic LGBT titles to life like the Opposites series by TM Smith - the Fitting In series by Silvia Violet and the Assassin/Shifter series by Sandrine Gasq Dion, just to name a few! 

You can find Boudreaux on Facebook, Twitter or Audible.

   The Opposites series Audiobooks and links   

Opposites: Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes
The Library, an Opposites novella: Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes
The Cellar, an Opposites novella: Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes

The Opposites series, book 1 
The Library 
An Opposites novella {book 1.5} 

The Opposites series, book 2 

The Cellar 
An Opposites novella {book 2.5} 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | iTunes

Coming Soon: Snapped, Opposites series book 3

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

Author links: Amazon || ARe || Smashwords || Website || Facebook || Twitter 

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And before you go...Ask Raven:

What’s your favorite color?
Are you a morning person? Or a night person?
Do you like coffee, or tea?
Favorite word?
Favorite curse word?
Does telling Tanis to fuck me count?
Is there any meaning behind your name?
My mother is a fan of fairie tales from days of old. Her favorite such story was one titled “The Raven King” so that is where my name came from.
What do you like to do to have fun?
See favorite curse word ;)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dirty Dozen Blog Hop ~12 Fun Days & #Giveaways! Day 2: Q&A with Author Tempe O'Riley #GRL #gay #lgbt #romance

It's that time of year again, time for the 'Dirty Dozen' blog hop & giveaway!
12 Authors * 12 Days * 12 E-book giveaway. 

We hope to see all of you in Kansas City for Gay Rom Lit, but even if you can't meet us there, you can learn more about 12 of the authors who will be a part of this wonderful event as you travel along with us on each day of the hop. Every author has contributed a question to the Q&A, and you'll be able to read the different responses from the different authors on each day of the hop. Be sure to also check out the rafflecopter at the end of the post for your chance to win 12 ebooks - one from each author! WOW! See the prize list to find out what each author is offering.

My guest on the hop today is the lovely Tempe O'Riley. She has some great answers to the author-authored Q&A, along with some info on an amazing charity antho that features many talented writers. Join us each day on the hop! The list below will tell you who's visiting who's blog. Enjoy!

 Q&A with Author Tempe O'Riley

Tams – If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which one would it be, and why?

Tempe – Oh, now that’s a hard one. I love so many of my guys that it’s hard to choose, but if I had to pick only one... hmm... I think I’d have to go with Alex. I loved writing Lexie I all his/her wonderful forms and ways of presenting. I would love to sit down with Lexie and really visit—spend time discussing all kinds of things, especially now that I’ve come out publically as genderfluid myself.

Jeff - What are you working on currently and what's its inspiration?

Tempe – I finished “Fangs with a Heart” (which I just signed the contract on YaY) and am now working on book #2 in the Club Fierce series (Caged Sanctuary was #1). Oddly, one of my kids was partly the inspiration for the sub.   He’s no sub, LOL, but he has a condition where the main bones in both his shins and his thighs are torked (yes, each set of bones has a different unique name L ) and so his legs and feet are turned in and he walks a little odd. He also has dealt with being teased and harassed over the years.

Wade - If the lead character in your current novel were to read your other books, which one would be his/her favorite and why?

Tempe – Oh, I’ve set the precedent that Nate (the MC I just mentioned) loves to read. He has a short cameo in “Dreamers’ Destiny. He has a total thing for reading BDSM romances so he would love “Caged Sanctuary” if it were a book in his world.

Jake - If all of your MCs were thrown into a strange and dangerous world where survival relies on ingenuity, creativity, common sense who would come out on top?

Tempe – Each of my MC’s I think has those traits in different ways, but add in dangerous world and survival issues... and I’d think Keith, my lynx shifter, or Sasha, the Vampire Prince, from my Chain of Fate series (“Whiskers of a Chance” is book #1).

Brandon - What musician or album do you think people should listen to as they read your work because it fits the soul of your words (either a specific title or your writing in general)?

Tempe – Oh, don’t ask anything hard! Um... that really varies from day to day and title to title. Blue October, NIN, Penatonix, Prince, Jazz, Blues, Mozart, etc.

Morticia – If you could be one of your characters and live their life, who would it be and why?

Tempe – If I was—well, James from “Designs of Desire” was based on me in far too many ways, sadly. If I could be one though, as in want to be... oh, I don’t know. In an odd way, I think Nate and Lexi would be my top picks to be. Nate, you’ll have to wait for his story to read for that to make sense, but let’s just say, serving Raven will let him finally be who he’s always wanted to be. And Lexie because I identify so closely, but I can’t find my Dal.

Tempeste –  If you could be a fruit, any fruit, which would you be and why?

Tempe – (Shh, I know it’s my own question. We’re gonna ignore that point, lol.) Pineapple. Seriously. Sweet inside, Tough outside. Goes with everything. And damn I’m fun with alcohol LOL

Jordan –  What is the thing you enjoy most about gatherings like GRL?

Tempe – Meeting readers where my stories have touched them. I love that my stories are not only fun for many, but often seem to resonate with readers. Getting to hear their stories and see how much that means to them means so very much to me! And I thank each and every one for letting me into their hearts and lives like that.

LE Franks –  What is the most vivid romantic moment from any film that has lingered the longest and meant the most to you…. and why?

Tempe – “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” from Dirty Dancing. I know, from that movie there are so many more that are considered hotter, sweeter, more romantic, but it’s that one that always resonated. He’s defending and claiming her, publically, against her father, in front of all those snobs. That’s what made it mean so much to me.

K-Lee – If you could take any fictional couple or character (television, movies, real-life, books) and add them to one of your books, who would it be and why? 

Tempe – Any? Oh wow.... The Mad Hatter—Johnny Depps’ version. I just love that version and think he would be so much fun to play with as an author and a reader.

AE – What kind of quirky habits do you have before or during the time you write?

Tempe – Coffee. There must be coffee. Otherwise, I’m not that weird, I don’t think. Oh, and it can’t be completely quiet. I can’t focus if it’s too quiet, lol.

Alexa – When you write, do your characters hijack the story, or do you keep a tight grip on the reins?

Tempe – Total hijack. I find out what’s happening as the story unfolds and they often go places that I did NOT intend the story to do. The harder I try to grip the reins, the more they show me that I’m not the one in charge.

Dirty Dozen GRL 2016 (October 1-12)

Author                              date                                  is hosting
TM Smith                          October 1st                      Wade Kelly
Morticia Knight                October 2nd                    Tempe O’Riley
AE Via                                October 3rd                     K-lee Klein
Jeff Adams                       October 4th                       Jordan Hawk
Alexa Land                       October 5th                       Jake JC Wallace
Wade Kelly                       October 6th                       Brandon Witt
Tempe O’Riley                 October 7th                       LE Franks
Jordan Hawk                    October 8th                       TM Smith
Jake JC Wallace               October 9th                       Morticia Knight
Brandon Witt                   October 10th                     AE Via
LE Franks                          October 11th                     Jeff Adams
K-Lee Klein                        October 12th                     Alexa Land

Turn The Page.... a donation anthology
by Tempeste O’Riley, Dianne Hartsock, Nikki Prince, Grace R. Duncan, Sue Brown, Aine P Massie, Carole Cummings, Hope Ryan, Mark Zubro, Antonia Aquilante, D. Zander Crane

M/M F/F Transgender Genderfluid
Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal BDSM Romance
(Each story is unique and special, so the genre varies wildly. All are LGBTQ)
Publisher: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters
Cover Artist: Jess Small
Release Date: October 7th, 2016 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 270 pages

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Turn The Page.... began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page is born!

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page.... is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.

Individual Blurbs:

Happy Birthday to Me by Tempeste O’Riley
When Dave’s best friend drags him out for his birthday—nearly kicking and screaming, he finds more than he expected at Sovereign, the BDSM club he half owned but had refused to step foot in for two years other than for administrative things while it was closed. He didn’t go to clubs. He didn’t sub anymore. Period.
Well... until he sees Master Nicky. Then his plans for his birthday change and he decides that maybe giving himself a present, might not be quite such a bad idea after all.
Robin’s Confession by Dianne Hartsock
How can Robin find true love without accepting himself first?
Purr by Nikki Prince
Sasha's love was in imminent danger. All she wanted was to keep Tori safe. Stay at the cabin wait for the verdict from the council. That’s all they had to do. One little dip in the lake couldn’t hurt could it?
Lockdown by Grace R. Duncan
Gylam’s never been that great at communication and this time he’s gone too far. His penchant for keeping his mouth shut resulted in a disastrous trip to the local dungeon. Jackson, his partner—both cop and at home—and Dom, is well familiar with Gylam’s tendencies. The punishment he gives Gylam is just shy of his limits, but Gylam knows he’s earned it. It remains to be seen if it teaches him anything, though.
Ducks in a Row by Sue Brown
David spends his afternoons feeding the ducks, a peaceful activity until the day Jeff and his Labrador dog burst into his life. David and Jeff get to know one another, punctuated by Bozo's mishaps, but David is unwilling to share all his secrets. Will Jeff give him the time he needs?
Butterflies by Aine P Massie
Kyndra visits Jaiden’s shop for a little birthday shopping but is there for more than the pretty blown glass designs she makes—lovely though they are. What she really wants is a date with the beautiful craftswoman. But can she push her fears aside and ask, or will her past get in the way? With Jaiden’s help, can who Kyndra is inside finally shine?
Once Step Back by Carole Cummings
When Sahir is busy running for his life, it never occurs to him that the being in wrong place at the wrong time might turn into the right place at the right time. Not until he literally collides with Nicholas and salvation comes by way of magical intervention. But when Nicholas ends up being the one who really needs help, Sahir has to decide the best way to give it—and how to offer it to someone who can’t even figure out if he wants it.
Superheroes by Hope Ryan
Many people reach a point where they think life can’t get any worse. Rock bottom, where the future is so bleak, they begin to ask, “why bother?”
When homeless gay man Wayne Kent reaches that point, standing on a Pittsburgh bridge on a cold Tuesday in April, the last thing he expects is to get stopped—especially by a man named Bruce Clark.
But Bruce has been there, he’s seen that, he’s thought and felt the things Wayne is now and he refuses to see the beautiful, hurting man become another statistic. Coffee and a sandwich is a first step and Bruce hopes it’ll lead to a permanent step up for Wayne. And maybe even a step toward more together.
Unworthy by Mark Zubro
A love lost over half a century ago. Is there really redemption for all of our regrets, or at least perhaps for one regret? A chance to change the decision you made over half a century ago, or at least a chance to say what was unsaid, to say what could be said now? The love you missed so long ago, and if you could have one moment again, once last chance.
Love and Hope and Magic by Antonia Aquilante
Once each century, a ritual is performed, the magic of which sustains the land and protects it and its people for the century to come. But the person who performs the ritual never survives. This time Ailill is chosen. He is honored and content with his fate, but his best friend Lorcan is not. Lorcan can’t accept the loss of Ailill and can’t see a life without the man he thinks of as his other half. But Ailill knew Lorcan perhaps better than Lorcan knows himself, and he knew a life of love and magic is waiting for Lorcan after Ailill is gone, if only Lorcan can find the courage to reach for it.
Façade by D. Zander Crane
David struggles with his gender identity as he searches his city for a woman-murdering madman in his female alter-ego, Façade. Can he overcome his depression and confusion long enough to stop the Grinning Reaper?

 About Tempe O'Riley:

Homo-Erotic Romance Author, Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since. Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They count their friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life.
Tempe is also a PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.

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